A June storm hit our area with a sucker punch and caused significant damage to Forest Hill Park. The roadway hasn’t been forgotten and efforts are underway to repair the damage.
From Councilwoman Kristen Larson:
Update on path near Forest Hill lake: On June 21st Richmond experienced a significant rain event that had a heavy impact on the Reedy Creek Watershed. Large volumes of storm water runoff caused flash flooding in Forest Hill Park and in areas along Reedy Creek with in The James River Park System. The storm event caused significant damage to the roadway to the North of the dam in Forest Hill Park and destroyed a wooden bridge that connects the Reedy Creek parking lot to the Buttermilk trail.
Since the storm, the Parks & Rec Department has coordinated with the Department of Public Utilities to ensure no damage was done to the existing sewer line. The city is currently working with an engineering firm to develop plans that will help prevent catastrophic failure of the roadway from happening in future events. This will be achieved by rebuilding the stone wall that supports the roadway and sealing the back side of the wall with mortar. The next step will involve the placement of flowable back fill material behind the wall to allow any water that gets under the surface to flow back into Reedy Creek without damaging the roadway via engineered gaps in the stone wall. To further mitigate the impact of heavy rain and flood events to the roadway, there will be two drop inlets installed to allow runoff to flow into the creek.
Right now the project is in the design/procurement phase. After a bid is awarded, it is expected construction will take about 30 days. Thank you to the community for your understanding and patience as we work to repair and improve one of RVA’s most beloved Parks. rain storm